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Danny Granger injury: Pacers expect Granger to miss next three games

The Pacers forward appears to be no closer to returning to the court after a week off to tend to soreness in his left knee.

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The Indiana Pacers put in a long day at the office with extensive film work before their normal practice to work through some of the issues that bit the blue and gold in their loss to Miami.

Danny Granger remained on the sidelines for any on court team work while continuing to try to overcome a sore left knee that sent him back on the shelf five games into his long-awaited comeback in late February. After a week on the shelf, Frank Vogel offered an update after practice and according to this report from Mike Wells, things don't sound good.

Vogel said Tuesday that swingman Danny Granger, out but all of five games this season, will have his left knee re-evaluated at the end of this week and will miss at least the next three games.

"Even if he's cleared at the end of this week, that's not going to be him back in game action right away," Vogel said. "That's him resuming activity."

Vogel's comments leave plenty of questions about what, if anything the Pacers will get out of Granger this year. The physical and mental rehab of Granger's game is running out of time to make any meaningful impact when he will really be needed in the playoffs. At this point the only safe assumption is that Granger won't be available for the stretch run of the season.

But as usual, we'll learn more next week.

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